2nd October 2019


Where are ciliated epithelial cells found?

Ciliated columnar epithelium moves mucus and other substances via cilia and is found in the upper respiratory tract, the Fallopian tubes, the uterus, and the central part of the spinal cord.They are the primary target of infection for "common cold viruses" such as coronaviruses, influenza virus and rhinoviruses.

Similarly one may ask, what is the function of ciliated cell?

In this clip the structure and function of a ciliated epithelial cell is described. Cilia are tiny hair like structures on the surface of the cell. The hairs sweep hair, mucus, trapped dust and bacteria up to the back of the throat where it can be swallowed.

How is the ciliated epithelial cell adapted to its function?

Ciliated cells are present in the trachea and bronchi of out respiratory system. Their function is to use their cilia to move the mucus up the trachea to the throat. The mucus traps bacteria and dust particles. They are adapted by the tiny hair like projections called cilia which sweeps the contaminated mucus upwards.
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